The couple saved the reputation of a member of British royalty
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were aware of the possible fallout from their March reveal interview with Oprah Winfrey, according to the new epilogue to the book Finding Freedom.
Authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand spoke to sources about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who explained that the couple wanted to handle things sensitively.
This is particularly true of Meghan and Harry's accusations of racism. During her conversation with Oprah, Meghan, who is biracial, claimed that someone within the royal family raised the question of "how dark" would her son Archie Harrison's skin color be.
"In those months that I was pregnant, around the same time, we had the conversation of 'You will not be given security, you will not be given a title,'" she explained, "and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin could be when he was born".
Oprah was shocked by the claim and pressured Meghan to release the name of the person who asked the question, but the then-pregnant mother simply said, "I think that would be very damaging to them".
According to Scobie and Durand's source, the young couple "had considered sharing this detail, [but] decided not to".
The accusations surfaced once again when Harry joined the conversation, but he also refused to share the identity of the individual. However, he said, "I'm never going to share that conversation, but at the time it was awkward. I was a bit surprised".
In a later appearance on CBS This Morning, Winfrey told hosts that she spoke privately with the couple and confirmed that Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were not the ones who raised the question.
Since the explosive interview, the royal family has been repeatedly questioned about Meghan's claims. On March 9, the Queen broke her silence on the issues raised by Meghan and Harry.
"The entire family is saddened to learn the extent of how challenging the past few years have been for Harry and Meghan", Buckingham Palace said in a statement on their behalf.
"The issues raised, particularly race, are troubling. While some memories may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed in private by the family. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be very dear members of the family."